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Friendships

For most of our lives, our social relationships are accidental. Then, in our 60s, we find ourselves wondering how to make friends as an adult. This is not a trivial question. Having strong social ties is good for our health and happiness. Let's explore this topic together.

4 years ago

Do You Remember the Old-Fashioned Visit?

I don’t know about you, but I found that among my friends, the default position for getting together was always going out to a restaurant for lunch or dinner and sometimes even for breakfast. When two of us women finally hit upon a mutually…

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4 years ago

Friendship and Coronavirus: Listening Is the New Being There

Two years ago, my partner and I set out on a journey. The idea was to build an intentional community of friends. A virtual home for those whose values, likes, and dislikes were compatible with ours…

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4 years ago

8 Ways to Date Your Friends and Narrow Your Distancing

With everything going on in our world these days, friends are essential to our health. I don’t have family nearby, so maintaining my friendships is especially important, especially those friendships with history…

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4 years ago

The Time of Guests and Accepted Invitations – An Unexpected Gift

About 250 people live in our continuing care retirement community, in six apartment buildings and two nursing facilities. Now, in pandemic mode, you don’t see many residents…

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4 years ago

How Easy Is It to Like, Unlike, and Dislike on Facebook and in Real Life?

Facebook comes with both its upsides and downsides, as we’ve all discovered over the past decade. Some of the obvious upsides are how Facebook helps us stay connected…

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4 years ago

Lessons from an Adult Friendship: Remembering Lois

Adult friendships can be difficult to navigate. Friendships forged during younger years, when the canvas of our life has only been lightly sketched upon, are a cozier fit…

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5 years ago

“Don’t Talk to Strangers” Great Advice for Kids, Horrible Advice for Adults

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. You’re sitting in your living room, waiting for your child to come home. They’re 5 minutes late. Then 15. Then the panic sets in.

As parents, we wanted to do everything we could to protect our kids from our own imagined fears. If we could have surrounded them in bubble-wrap and assigned them bodyguards, we would have.

But, since our kids would never let us get away with that, we did the next best thing. We nagged, bribed, threatened and cajoled them. We told them, in a hundred different ways, “Don’t talk to strangers.” Then, we hoped for the best. Read More

5 years ago

Friend Dating for Boomer Women Who Want to Add Value to Later Life

I went on a date recently. No, I wasn’t cheating on my husband. I was meeting a friend of a friend for coffee. Much like real “set-ups,” I put this one off for a long time. Our mutual friend had introduced us months ago…

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5 years ago

4 Simple Things You Can Do to Make New Friends When Travelling After 60

As we age, we often find it harder to make friends. Many of the friends we still have are those we made as children, teenagers, or as adults with small children…

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5 years ago

Girls’ Weekends and Slumber Parties Over 60? You Bet!

Once I hit 60, I noticed my group of friends had changed. Through my mid-years it had been an even mix of men and women, mostly couples and a few singles, but now the composition had shifted to 90% women, and single women at that. Read More